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Children's book pays tribute to unsung heroes of Flint water crisis: kids

An illustration from the book "Learning, Recycling and Becoming Little Heroes" by Gale Glover.
Gale Glover
An illustration from the book "Learning, Recycling and Becoming Little Heroes" by Gale Glover.

There are several people who have been called heroes in uncovering the Flint water crisis. You’ve heard those voices many times on this station. But a new book -- a children’s book -- makes the argument that kids are the heroes, because Flint kids have had to learn new ways to eat, drink, and live their lives.

The title of Gale Glover’s book is Learning, Recycling, and Becoming Little Heroes.

According to Glover, when she was doing research, she asked a number of people about who they thought the heroes of Flint's water crisis were, and it was the answer they didn't give that inspired her to write this book.

"People had some amazing answers, but no one specifically talked about the children," said Glover. "So as a children's author, it kind of resonated with me."

Glover said the kids in Flint aren't getting the credit they deserve as they have had to change their lifestyle when it comes to basic tasks like eating, bathing and brushing their teeth. They also are growing up helping their community push through.

Listen to the full interview above to hear more about the book and how Glover is hoping it will help keep the crisis in the public eye. 

GUEST: Gale Glover is the author of Learning, Recycling, and Becoming Little Heroes

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